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in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstanding. >> reporter: this weekend marked the deadly milestone in afghanistan. 2,000 american soldiers killed since the war began nearly 11 years ago. it happened at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country. one american soldier, an american contractor and three afghan soldiers were killed in a fire fight. >> the circumstances were somewhat confused but there was a report of insurgent firing taking place which we believe may have been a factor. >> reporter: nato did not say whether this was another in a serious of insider attack. these so-called green on blue attacks have left at least 52 international forces dead this year. the u.s. commander in afghanistan told "60 minutes" he's angry some afghan troops have turned on the amer
violence, what are you concerned about? >> first, the u.s. death toll an event -- afghanistan tops 2000. we talk about america's longest- running war. all that and more coming up. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. iran's currency has hit an all- time low amidst a worsening financial crisis brought upon by u.s.-led sanctions. on monday, the iranian rial dropped 15% to its lowest point against the dollar, capping a three-month contest that has seen its overall value drop 57%. the price of basic foods are on the rise since a new round of sanctions took place in july. a former u.s. ambassador to the un and under secretary of state thomas pickering criticized the act. it is not legal for them to pay for it. speaking to the council of foreign relations in new york, alioth parcel la hay says it has not backed away from its mountain of nuclear weapons. >> any country, including iran, uses meweapons of mass destruction, that is the end of the eligibility, legality, what ever you name it, of that government. weapons of mass destruction, as we said, i
. employees of a big u.s. defense contractor in afghanistan appearing extremely drunk, fumbling and shirtless, on the job. a cell phone video obtained exclusively by abc news is igniting outrage over a scene that looks more like a rowdy frat house than the operations center of a company paid to carry out u.s. policy overseas. abc's brian ross brings us this investigation. >> reporter: in a place where terrorists have and will attack, at any time, these are some of the men being paid by american taxpayers to help provide security for u.s. civilian personnel 24/7. the security manager for an american company scientific, with a $47 million contract from the pentagon, staggeringly drunk in the operations center. >> kevin. come on. >> reporter: this is the company's medical officer. wived out, stoned, after shooting up with narcotics. >> please snap out of it. >> reporter: and this is the company's top on-site executive, in front of a bonfire, where, according to former employees, live ammunition rounds were tossed into the flames. >> it was like a frat house for adults. >> reporter: the footage w
and timely job extricating us from the iraq and afghanistan. he's getting us out. yet the language and emotional impetus of what we hear from mitt romney-- >> and there is a political point. leaving aside the merits of the case. the republicans forever have been saying we're prepared to use force and democrats aren't. we're in a different world now. the republican constituency does not want us to be in iran. they don't want us to be in afghanistan. simply as a political gesture it's a loser. >> eliot: which is why the fascinating point, both with respect to iraq, jon which you addressed, and syria jim which you addressed pulling back at the same time he uses the tough language to appeals to the pound-the-table bellicose language that the republican party wants to assert. >> you might ask what is the connection between increasing by two, three four percent what is already the biggest defense budget and bigger than any defense budgets put together, how is increasing that increasing our security? paul ryan said that the terrorists would be afraid of us if we spent more money. >> there
the taliban could continue. they said the work and negotiations after the u.s. demanded that afghanistan president be included. he added that the taliban is ready to discuss peace if taliban members are free. they are displaying a sense of urgency now that negotiations are not moving forward. the u.s. is in the middle of the president's arrest and is not likely to respond to calls for dialogue at the moment. >>> two women from different corners ofheorld have teamed up to sell something carried by women everywhere. one is from japan. the other from ethiopia. their partnership to sell hand bags began years ago. they had to overcome something. >> reporter: the story begins in ethiopia. in recent years a more stable government has encouraged investors. the economy has grown more than 10% a year. employees at this small workshop make handbags. it was founded two years ago. now works with the local people. >> reporter: leather products are very good. when i discovered this i immediately saw the great potential. >> reporter: it's made possible by sheep. ri most sheep skins are sent outside the
and family members and loved ones reunited as 70 members of the d.c. national guard returned home to the u.s. they were deployed in afghanistan the past 10 months. fox 5's lauren demarco was there for the welcoming party. >> with technology like skype you have the family members today saying they've been able to keep in fairly regular contact with their loved ones overseas, but nothing compares to seeing them in person safe and sound on american soil. >> i'm excited. >> reporter: michael salas says 10 months is long, but he understands why his dad, sergeant edwin lariano, had to go to afghanistan. >> it's bad because i don't get to see him in person. it's good because he's helping us with our troops. >> reporter: military mom bess lee eagerly awaiting her daughter. she says it's something she's well familiar with as all three of them are u.s. service members. >> that was an option in my house. they were going to go to school because didn't have the time to. not military, i never dreamed of it. >> reporter: the troops arriving at the d.c. armory are among 270 members. they provided securit
to the u.s. the war in afghanistan has entered its 12th year. the end is in sight for many foreign troops stationed in the country. however, a new report by the international crisis group warns that civil war could break out and the government collapsed when nato troops withdrawn in 2014. the brussels-based groups has highlighted elections scheduled for 2014 are likely to be fraudulent unless president karzai does more. to ensure a more. for more on this i'm joined by andrew north in kabul. -- the 2014 elections are likely to be fraudulent unless does more torter nikarzai ensure fairness. >> perhaps what is most significant about the report is the reaction to it from many western critics of the government an. on the afghan government side, they see this as part of a continuing campaign of pressure. it comes just days after president karzai lashed out at the foreign media over what he called psychological warrant over the gloomy predictions that are coming out almost by the day over what's going to happen after the-2014 would drawlthe- -- president karzai lashed out at the foreign media ov
, and that is more than all the u.s. troops killed in afghanistan this year. the cause? rival gangs, creating anarchy. and, so, "nightline" and "world news" decided to try something different, something unprecedented. we gathered 38 members of rival gangs, past and present, from hispanics to their black rivals, to talk about the slaughter and how to make it stop. tonight, in america, tens of thousands of children are living in a war zone. one of them is a little boy named ralph. hey, ralph, it's diane. >> ralph is a force of nature. >> that's it. >> reporter: he is also a child who pulled down the blinds in case someone shooting into his living room. >> i really don't go outside. just scared, always they going to shoot me or stab me. >> reporter: he hears gunshots day and night. >> you see the alley? gang bangers running and shooting. >> reporter: it was a gunshot that killed his grandmother, who was just standing outdoors. >> that's my grandma. >> reporter: and it says, "rest in peace," for your grandma. >> we used to eat watermelon a lot and we used to eat noodles a lot. every time she was going to
working for a top u.s. security contractor in afghanistan allegedly so drugged or intoxicated, they could hardly function. our brian todd is working the story for us. brian? >> reporter: wolf, this is a security contracting firm that's received almost $900 million worth of krars. one watchdog group says the behavior of the em ploes undermines the mission in afghanistan. staggering around half naked, seemingly drunk. wrestling. shouting at the man videotaping them. this is a.m. mature video from earlier this year of people working for an american security contractor in kabul, afghanistan. this man identified as the security manager for the contracting firm george scientific. >> it reminded me many times i visited my friends in college that were in fra ternties. >> reporter: john is one of two former employees filing a seven figure lawsuit against the firm for allegedly committing frud on the u.s. government. they say they were harassed for trying to blow the whistle. the company denies that. the plaintiff alleges ambulate event drinking, the misuse of firearms which they say prevented the
/11 attacks. osama bin laden is dead. there is no further reason for us to be in afghanistan. we should bring the troops home as soon as we can. let the living get on with their lives. >> health care, this is a big issue right now. obama has hung his head on this, romney says he will appeal it. what are your thoughts. >> if we want health care to be affordable and available, we got to make sure markets function proplerly, without government interference. with obama care and many government programs over the last 50 years, we have government trying to defeat the market, trying to break it. they have done a good job. prices are phony, neither doctors nor patients have incentive to keep costs down and tax policies keep insurance for health tied to job status, which is crazy. we got to get the government, that market functioning again and get the government out of health care, repealing obama care, yes, but that's only the first step. >> mark, coming in, running for libertarian and congress, district 8, thank you so much for coming in this morning. >> it's my pressure. more information can be fou
in afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline when the u.s. combat missing is suppose -- mission is supposed to end. they say u.s. troops will leave afghanistan by 2014. but in may, president ahmed wali karzai signed an agreement promising a commitment to afghanistan through 2024 and it's not clear how many troops will be needed to meet the terms of that commitment. >>> last week's damage is estimated to be more than $7 million. friday's fire damaged three buildings including a wine bar and the popular squat and gobble restaurant. the cause of the fire is still under investigation but fire officials say it does not appear to be suspicious. >>> a new report shows the golden state warriors move will be a huge move to the city. it will be at piers 30 and 32 and the project would generate $54 million in annual revenues and create 5,000 temporary jobs but neighbors in the area worry it will increase traffic and crime. >> it is getting busier, let's check in with sal. >>> we have been checking in on a crash eastbound and the none commute direction near the high- rise westbound, it was only a minor delay
at afghanistan's fighting forces as u.s. soldiers depart. >> jeff: 11 years ago this weekend the first u.s. soldiers entered afghanistan. as pain are now leaving the longest war in american history, two-thirds of those in uniform defending afghanistan are afghans a force of over 350,000. the question is can they hold off the taliban? here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: the u.s. troop surge succeeded in taking back big chunks of territory from the taliban. but with the last of those 33,000 troops gone, it's largely down to afghan security forces to hold on. lieutenant colonel leroy barker showed us an area past this check point where taliban fighters persist. >> there's been operation after operation to kind of clear that area but it's not as easy as it looks. >> this used to be a u.s. base. now it's a chick pointmanned by afghan police protecting a vital road that is under constant threat from the taliban. but it's still receives plenty of hands-on u.s. support. >> this is what military officials call mentoring. training afghan security forces to stand alone while still providing military
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attacks have left at least 52 international forces dead this year. the u.s. commander in afghanistan told 60 minutes lara logan he's angry some afghan troops have turned on americans who trained them. >> i'm mad as hell to be honest with you. we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign but not willing to be murdered for it. >> reporter: the attacks also frustrate afghan's president amad karzai. >> these attacks are sad. it's something i have discussed in detail, something that i take responsibility to correct. >> reporter: these incidents are a serious threat to the u.s. mission in afghanistan. drew levinson, cbs news. >> joint operations between u.s. and afghanistan forces resumed recently after being suspended two weeks ago. most american troops are scheduled to be out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. >>> today the power plant in alexandria, virginia right on the potomac river will officially shut down. it's known as the potomac river generating station. for years it -- [indiscernible] under a deal, they agreed to shut down the plant today. it should alleviate environmental con
11 years since the u.s. went to war in afghanistan. the second-longest war in u.s. history behind vietnam. the plan for getting american troops out depends on training afghan soldiers to do the fighting against taliban themselves but there have been setbacks lately as some of the trainees have turned their guns on their u.s. allies. 33 americans have been killed that way this year. what the does that do to america's road out of afghanistan? we asked charlie d'agata to hook up with a joint patrol in kandahar province. >> what you see here is the cement blocks, obstacles we put in place. >> reporter: this is the stark new reality for u.s. combat troops working alongside their afghan partners. >> it's restricted the traffic- ability of anything large or fast. >> reporter: and that's new within the past two weeks? >> yes. where we used to have this wide open space. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel leroy barker got orders to reinforce his small outpost in kandahar province not against the taliban but against insider attacks from his afghan partners. while there's never been one here, it
to have an agreement allowing the presence of u.s. military forces in afghanistan, excuse me, in iraq. designating vice president to be the lead negotiator. the vice president said i'll bet my vice-presidency on getting the status forces agreement. sounded like the president was saying i wanted the agreement but not the force that's is going to be a problem for the president in days ahead. as was insis stance governor romney never supported any kind of government assistance to the auto company. but there is governor on the record saying he wanted to go through a prepackaged bankruptcy to assure auto industries continue. president kept saying look at the records it's not true but it's there in the governor romney's op-ed and there in news reports. and i've seen this in the debate out on the trail. like robert gibs and others they're pleasant people. and they stay hung up on this assertion it's not true. >> and what i don't understand and bankruptcy is a form of help. when i practiced law people went into bankruptcy to be protected from creditors so they can reorganize. going into bankr
killed this year. across a dozen neighborhoods. more than the u.s. troops killed in afghanistan this year. and the cause? rival gangs, creating anarchy. tomorrow night, we're going to show you something unprecedented. we gather 38 members of rival gangs, past and precept, from the hispanic gangs to their black rivals, to talk about the slaughter and how to make it stop. but tonight, some of the reasons it cannot go on. tonight, there are american children living in a war zone. >> my mom doesn't like me going outside because she fears for my life. >> where did she get shot out? >> in the head. >> reporter: a 6-year-old girl is killed in broad daylight, sitting on the porch. in another neighborhood, another girl, 7 years old -- ♪ here i am >> reporter: shot dead, selling candy in the front yard. some as young as 134 and 14, some carrying assault weapons and shooting at random. in chicago, police are stretched then, the major enraged. >> take your gang conflict away from a 7-year-old. who raised you? >> reporter: and one of the children, in one of those neighborhoods, is a 7-year-old named
, afghanistan is still an an alluring opportunity to kill americans in central asia. for u.s. troops, it is not so great. in addition to bearing the brunt of self-defeating rules of engagement -- don't shoot until you see his weapon or get shot at first, there are other burdens now. sensitivity training for the troops to better understand the finer points of afghan culture. the necessity for u.s. soldiers who are, quote, guardian angel, to protect their own from insider killing. the endless distribution of cash to quiet the native, the campaign to avoid civilian casualties at any cost and a tenacious enemy that knows these attacks by terrorists, wearing the clocks ofir afghan allies is a sure bet to crush moeral and attract worldwide publicity. so far this year, more than 30 young americans have died at the hands of our dubious alice. general john allen, commander of the u.s. presence, had it right when he called it murder. speaking of generals, one david petraeus, former commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, seems to have the escaped close scrutiny of his much ballyhooed counter-
the withdrawal of the remaining 68,000 troops is complete. mr. romney, who indicates full-throated support for u.s. forces, may choose another path. meanwhile, the news from afghanistan is not good. al qaeda is back. the surge which made notable gains in the south, may soon be reversed by the influx of enemy operators. after 11 years of fighting the jihadis, afghanistan is still an an alluring opportunity to kill americans in central asia. for u.s. troops, it is not so great. in addition to bearing the brunt of self-defeating rules of engagement -- don't shoot until you see his weapon or get shot at first, there are other burdens now. sensitivity training for the troops to better understand the finer points of afghan culture. the necessity for u.s. soldiers who are, quote, guardian angel, to protect their own from insider killing. the endless distribution of cash to quiet the native, the campaign to avoid civilian casualties at any cost and a tenacious enemy that knows these attacks by terrorists, wearing the clocks ofir afghan allies is a sure bet to crush moeral and attract worldwide publicity.
. >>> over night in afghanistan, militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a compound use wid a military kroocontractor causing warehouse to burst in flames. it destroyed everything inside. mostly food and supplies destined for the main u.s. base in afghanistan bagram airfield. a spoke person for the compound said no one was injured and that the fire was contained by morning. >>> in baghdad, twin blasts at a busy market killed at least eight people today and nearly 40 others were wounded in that explosion. police say most of the victims were women and children. street cleaners were seen sweeping up debris left behind. it is not yet clear who was behind the attacks but they came ahead of a holy islamic holiday, a time when officials believe al qaeda affiliates may launch an attack. u.s. troops with drew from the area last december. >>> in lebanon, a car bomb exploded in beirut killing a top security official and others yesterday and today a national day of mourning was filled not just with sadness but with anger. nbc stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: the lebanese government declared a
. >> reporter: another top officer says these incidents are a serious threat to the u.s. mission in afghanistan. drew leven son, cbs news. >>> up next, lindsay -- drew levenson, cbs news. >>> up next, lindsay lohan assaulted in a hotel. >>> for the cbs 5 weather center, good evening. it is never a good thing when you can see the air that you breathe. >>>and we ,,,,,,,, >>> [singing] >>> the latest person to fall victim to bieber fever, his tour got off to a bad start. he vomited on stage, two different times. we will not show you the stomach-turns video but it is all over the internet. >> he tweeted he is getting better for his show tonight in vegas. he tweeted milk, a bad choice. >>> lindsay lohan says she was assaulted at a hot nel new york city. she claims she was choked and thrown to the ground by a man she met at a nightclub. the argument was overra photos the man took of her on his cell phone. a man was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault but late this afternoon the police say the accusations could not be proved so the charges were dropped. >>> it is hot and we were told it was
security. it's their responsibility, not america's. >> 68,000 u.s. troops remain in afghanistan and many of them watched the presidential debate last night, and they said they were in awe that none of the questions concerned them or america's longest war, bret. >> jennifer, thank you. don't forget tonight's text to vote question. who won the debate last night. text sr1 to 36288 for president obama, sr2 for romney, sr3 if you thought it was a draw. we'll have results a little later. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse wh
few signs of what the u.s. would consider progress in afghanistan, and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government, will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin, and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. are you preparing for this fight? are you already stockpiling weapons and ammunition and getting yourself ready? yes, we are. we will definitely fight, he says. and what about the afghan government? "it's meaningless here" they say. you think it's possible that the taliban will try and come back? "yes, they will," he says. "it makes a decade's worth of american battle seem futile. it wasn't always like this. >> the united states military has begun strikes. >> reporter: at first -- >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: the -- the war had momentum. and a clear purpose. al qaeda with bases in afghanistan attacked the united states on 9/11. just three months later, the u.s. drove the taliban from power. al qaeda and osama bin laden were on the run. it was done with a few hundred cia offic
down to 1.3. continued unemployment. the afghanistan policy questions i'm ran threat. then the u.s. -israel relationship. these are constant stories. what about the back and forth and putting it all in perspective? >> on friday, there will be another jobs report that isn't good enough. i don't think we will see change in the jobless picture either this friday or friday november 2. before the election. i think people made up their mind about the economy a while ago. the president has we know is ahead in the key battleground states where the election will be decided. but that is this week. i do think that he has been ahead, despite poor economy. romney could put in a strong performance standing up against the president, holding his own. in the clip you played with the false humility of how romney is so good. i was kind of okay. he is contemptuous of romney and there is a good chance he reveals that in the debate on wednesday. the libya story is bad for the administration. if there was intentionm misleading of public will be damaging for him. romney needs to play it correctly. sell hi
. >> more than 30,000 syrians have been killed. in afghanistan the u.s. confirms the cia officer and army intelligence officer were among those killed this past weekend. the army specialist is brittany gordon from florida. the name of the cia officer has not been released yet. another suicide bombing today at a u.s. post in eastern afghanistan. the car bomber detonated the explosives at the gate of the base, wounding 45 people. the taliban is claiming responsibility for this attack. >> promising news for the pakistani girl shot by gunman. the hospital released a statement saying she is in stable condition and continues to impress doctors. the girl was air lifted to the england hospital for more specialized care after being shot in the head last week on the way home from school. the taliban says she was targeted for promoting education for young girls. >> thank you. >> still ahead at 6:00, the pharmacy under investigation for prescription refills. >> evil elmo. why the character is turning heads here in the bay area. >> and good evening. i'm in the nbc weather center. record setting temper
who were privileged and had the opportunity and a family that could take us out of afghanistan and provide everything in america and had a comfortable life, we are responsible for that. what is it we can do and i should do that in hoping others will follow. so i came back and gathered other afghan professionals and showed them pictures and we ended up with an organization to assist because this is what is really missing. people didn't have access to education. before the war's there was only a literacy rate in afghanistan that was 10% for 11%. most of the schools in the big cities, people had no access to education. it was peaceful and comfortable, and the greatest place to go. and there was no progress. education was not happening. we decided to organize small programs outside the refugee camps in pakistan because there was a faction going on in afghanistan and i could travel into the country so when i was in the shower checking up on the programs i decided to see what was going on under the taliban for myself. it was unbelievable that women and girls have to sit at home. my m
where he will completehis sentence. in 2010 he pleaded guilty to killing a u.s. soldier in afghanistan and spent two years at guantanamo bay and was eligible to return to canada last october. he was the youngest detainee and is eligible for parole in canada coming up next year. >>> dozens of people are hurt and more than 100,000 are without power after a typhoon slammed through the japanese island. heavy rains and wind gusts paralyzed track for hours. train service and domestic flights were suspended. the storm is expected to dump 20 inches of rain on central japan by the end of the day today. >>> and torrential downpours now causing serious flooding for parts of the great britain. look at this video from yorkshire where the rain and water levels where the river oozed. residents in the area were forced to evacuate the homes and authorities say the shut down of highways bridges and railways had to take place due to the massive flooding. this is something we are not used to seeing out of great britain. >> i know. we are seeing a lot of pictures of flooding this morning, though. >> a lot
, and voting rights. the death toll for u-s troops in afghanistan has now reached two thousand. the milestone was reached last night - during a possible insider's attack at a checkpoint in the wardak province. five people were killed including one u-s soldier. u-s forces have been fighting in afghanistan for the last eleven years. a program to train afghan soldiers and police officers has been under way for several years.. in anticipation of all foreign troops leaving afghanistan by 2014. but this year, more than 50 american and other nato troops have been killed in attacks by afghan soildiers and police, or insurgents disguised in their uniforms. the governor honored fallen illinois servicemen and women in their families today at a ceremony >> banners were presented to a dozen illinois mothers whose sons and daughters have died in combat while serving their country >> in one of his rare appearances since starting chemotherapy treatements francis cardinal george celebrated mass at a shrine to mother cabrini. the shrine of saint frances xavier cabrini opens to the public tomorrow. the space
will always agree with the republican nominee. i hope to keep us out of additional warrants. i hope to be part of the solution in -- i hope to keep us cut of additional wars. governor romney said he was ready for us to come out of afghanistan. i did not think there is much daylight between governor romney and president obama on the war. the real difference is on the economy. i will try to keep us out of war in syria and keep us out of the intifada -- out of pre-emptive war around the country. there are probably 10 of us who are reticent to give the president unlimited authority for war. they believe congress declares war and not the president. there are probably a few democrats who believe that. there is a bipartisan libertarian, constitutional caucus on war issues. i have been working hard with many on the other side. i worked with senator why then, and senator -- senator wyden and senator udall and others. >> some have indicated they think you will run for president in 2016. any interest in seeking higher office? >> that depends on what happens next tuesday or a week from tuesday. i want to
disagreed on foreign policy. expect that to reignite tonight, particularly on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, afghanistan, iran's nuclear ambitions and the rise of china, the economy is expected to surpass the u.s. in the next decade. >> he will project standing with the allies like israel, it's not overruling generals and having to politicize the withdrawal schedule -- those types of things that mitt romney and president obama -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: hours before, the obama campaign highlighted the foreign policy successes. >> i think president obama should be resolute and repeatedly as he has before, that he is a commander in chief, that he is a president who has restored america's diplomatic reputation and our ties and relationships around the world. >> reporter: there will be six 15-minute segments this evening and no opening statements. back to you. >> craig bosswell, thank you. >>> early voting starts today in d.c. expect to receive a voter guide in the mail some time soon. to vote g to one judiciary square on fourth street in northwest between 8:30 in
crossed the 2,000 threshold of the u.s. troops killed in afghanistan. >> we are teaching the wrong lesson to our enemies and teaching the wrong lesson to our troops that they can't be who they are. >> s to come in and kill people and leave. that's what soldiers are supposed to do of the they are not supposed to be high school guidance counselors. >> it is a scandal. from a waste land to the heartland, how will denver impact november? on wednesday the candidates face-off at the university of denver, go cornhuskers in the first of three presidential debates. they are watching the thrilla in manila. i think that has been taken. newt gingrich summed up the night, the winner on hump day will get a bump day. actually he said something else. both campaigns have set expectations fairly low. i wonder does obama know folks in the media are speculating over who will have the best zingers? >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zingers. >> you are! >> i don't know about that.
just crossed the 2,000 threshold of the u.s. troops killed in afghanistan. >> we are teaching the wrong lesson to our enemies and teaching the wrong lesson to our troops that they can't be who they are. >> soldiers are supposed to come in and kill people and leave. that's what soldiers are supposed to do of the they are not supposed to be high school guidance counselors. >> it is a scandal. from a waste land to the heartland, how will denver impact november? on wednesday the candidates face-off at the university of denver, go cornhuskers, in the first of three presidential debates. they are watching the thrilla in manila. i think that has been taken. newt gingrich summed up the night, the winner on hump day will get a bump day. actually he said something else. both campaigns have set expectations fairly low. i wonder does obama know folks in the media are speculating over who will have the best zingers? >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zingers. >> you are! >> i don't know about that. governor romney, he is a good debater. i am just okay. >>
reportedly been killed in a u.s. military attack in afghanistan. afghan president karzai disclosed the attack on tuesday, saying the victims died after it ended caught in the middle of a firefight between u.s. forces and taliban militants while tending to livestock in the eastern province. in syria, international mediator lakhdar brahimi is claiming the syrian government has agreed to a brief ceasefire during the muslim holiday. brahimi also says the majority of rebel groups have also pledged to abide by the truce. the syrian government has yet to confirm whether it will take part, saying a final decision will come on thursday. israel has launched air strikes in the gaza strip for the second consecutive day. a palestinian militant was killed today, one day after three palestinians died in another israeli attack. palestinian fighters have launched rockets across the gaza border into israel, seriously wounding two immigrant farmworkers from thailand. the thousands of people surrounded the spanish parliament in madrid on tuesday in the latest round of protests against austerity cuts targeting pu
's. >>> this past weekend marked the 11th anniversary of operation enduring freedom when the first u.s. soldiers entered afghanistan. as american troops continue their withdrawal a force of 350,000 uniformed afghans are now defending their country. the question remains whether they can still hold off the taliban. >> reporter: the u.s. troop surge succeeded in taking back big chunks of territory from the taliban. but with the last of those 33,000 troops gone it's largely down to afghan security forces to hold on. lieutenant colonel leroy barker showed us an area past this checkpoint where taliban fighters persist. >> there's been operation after operation to kind of clear that area but not as easy as it looks. >> this used to be a u.s. base. now a checkpoint manned by afghan police protecting a vital road that's under constant threat from the taliban but it still receives plenty of hands on u.s. support. this is what military officials call mentoring, training afghan security forces to standalone while still providing military back up. that includes teaching them to find home made bombs, the bigg
to cooperation with israel. and the drawdown of u.s. forces from afghanistan. on the middle east peace process, romney sounded decidedly more optimistic than he did earlier this year during that secretly recorded private fund-raiser. >> i'll recommit america to the goal of a democratic prosperous palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the jewish state of israel. >> i don't think the palestinians want to seek this yaen way for political purposes. these are the issues that i say there is just no way. you move thing as long the best way you can. you hope for some stability and you roy that it's going to remain until -- we look at taiwan. we have a potentially volatile situation and we live it with. we kick the ball down the field and hopefully somehow something will happen. >> the obama campaign was quick in its response to romney's speech at vmi. madelieine albright slammed the republican candidate during a conference call with reporters saying romney's foreign policy is full of platitudes but short on specifics. staying with foreign policy, we're learning more about th
a timeline for leaving. saying he would get u.s. troops out of afghanistan by the end of 2014, but that president obama's plan to do exactly the same thing, that's what he called a politically timed retreat. a politically-timed retreat that he's also going to follow. this is not this man's forte. nor is it what anyone thinks he does well. but what he's saying he will do on the subject of the military is mathematically startling in its enormity. look what he's proposing to do. particularly for a candidate who seems to have the loosest grasp on the basis of this subject. year 12 of the war in afghanistan starts this week. it's the worst birthday present ever, right? but what's even harder to grasp is that the presidency of a country that's been waging a war that's been going on that long, that presidency is being contested with one side not even coming up with a strategy for that war. they are not even sure mr. romney reads the policy papers that his own foreign policy advisers prepare for him. he just doesn't seem that interested on the subject of foreign policy at all. they sa
, and afghanistan will be shown. >> we wasn't recognized when we came back. i think ology the guy that is served for our country should be recognized. >> the goal is for the new center to be open by the time the u.s. combat mission in afghanistan ends in 2014. the head of the memorial fund said there will be a ceremonial groundbreaking for the center next month. >>> coming up in two minutes, a veteran teacher discovered dead in a ravine. how his students and colleagues are coping with the tragic news. >> and outrage over the mixup of murder victims' remains. who outraged families want held accountable for the victim. >>> i've seen a lot of teachers, and everyone is in shock. >> a popular high school teacher found dead. how students and staff at james logan high school are dealing with his death. good evening. >> a difficult couple of days for members of an east bay high school. a popular teacher disappeared and today, students learned of his death. paul chambers talked to students and staff who knew the 54-year-old best. paul? >> reporter: gasia, thfts an emotional day here at james logan high s
. this time on issues where they're both potentially vulnerable. also, shocking video shows workers for a u.s. security contractor in afghanistan allegedly partying up, seemingly so drunk and drugged they could hardly speak. >>> plus, a reason to take the window seat. we have the amazing story of
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